As you move along in your pregnancy, cooking large, elaborate meals could be the last thing you feel like doing. When it comes to food, the smartest thing to do is stock up on healthy, nutritious foods that can be prepared easily and require little to no effort on your behalf. While granola bars, breakfast cereal, and potato chips are easily accessible, they won’t provide you and your baby with all the nutrients you both need to be healthy.
Looking for new food ideas that are both healthy and tasty? Here are five foods you should be stocking up on when you’re pregnant.
Eggs are extremely versatile, and shouldn’t just be limited to breakfast. Eggs are rich in protein, omega-3, and choline, the latter of which aids in the growth of your baby’s brain. Eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for at least a few weeks after you bring them home, and often take less than a minute to scramble. You can also hard-boil eggs and eat them as a snack at any time of the day, or place them on sandwiches, in salads, and over rice with chicken.
Like eggs, fruit is also versatile, and can be frozen, dried, or served fresh. Fruit is low in calories, high in fiber, and loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that contribute to a healthy pregnancy and baby. Stock up on fruits that are easy to grab and eat on the go, such as bananas, oranges, apples, and pears, and those that taste delightful as a snack or topping, such as strawberries and raspberries. Stay away from canned fruits packed in sugary syrup, which carry fewer nutritional benefits.
Beans are a great go-to pregnancy food, whether you buy them in cans or buy them in bags and cook on the stovetop. A bag of beans goes a long way when you cook them on the stovetop, and will even feed your entire family for days on end. Make sure any canned beans you buy either lack, or are low in sodium, and rinse before serving. Buy pinto beans, black beans, kidney beans, and garbanzo beans, and serve them in dishes that range from burritos, to soups, to salads.
Dairy products such as low-fat yogurt, cottage cheese, and milk are high in calcium, which will help strengthen bones in both you and your baby. Stay away from flavored yogurts; just buy plain yogurt and add your own fruits and honey for a healthy, all-natural flavor.
5. Nut butters
Nuts are high in healthy fats such as omega-3 and DHA, the latter of which aids in healthy brain development. During your pregnancy, take the opportunity to stray away from traditional peanut butter and buy almond and cashew butters. Then, slather your nut butters on sandwiches, waffles, bananas, and apple slices.
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